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Indigo Bunting and other Alice Keck birds.

Noah Gaines
 

This morning, I had an Indigo Bunting at Alice Keck Park. It was below the Tipu Grove in the creek feeding on barnyard grass and very cooperative. I watched for about 10 min. However, I drove back to get photos and it was gone.

In much more local interest, an American Coot and American Wigeon were seen yesterday with the Mallard flock. The coot is uncommon at this hotspot and the Wigeon is the first I have detected here.

Some of the more interesting birds that appear to be wintering here are: Wilson’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Chipping Sparrow.

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA

Selasphorus

Steven Gaulin
 

I no longer run feeders (except a small fountain and bird bath, which seem to be more attractive as our drought deepens), but I do have an array of flowering plants. Apparently this is adequate sugary inducement since I have hummers throughout the year, with species diversity peaking in late March and early April. Adult male Selasphorus are pretty uncommon at this time of year but I do have one now.

Steven Gaulin
Mission Canyon
Santa Barbara

Clay-colored Sparrow at North Campus Open Space

Mark Holmgren
 

At UCSB's North Campus OS was a Clay-colored Sparrow found during the monthly survey of the Preserve. Photos are attached and a map to the location is at this link: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49986806  Thanks to others who lent me ther opinions on this bird.
Also, a Burrowing Owl has been present for about 2 weeks viewed by scope looking south. A Yellow Warbler was near the far West end of my route. 12 swallows flew over, 4 of which were Tree Swallows.

Mark Holmgren
Sta Barbara
IMG_6674 Spizella sp NCOS 16 Nov 2018 crop.JPG
IMG_6675 Spizella sp NCOS 16 Nov 2018 crop.jpg

Orchard Oriole is back at Santa Monica Creek

John Callender
 

I had fleeting views of what I'm assuming is the same adult male Orchard Oriole that overwintered last year in the Cape Honeysuckle hedge along Santa Monica Creek in Carpinteria. Same location: about 100 feet south of the footbridge over Santa Monica Creek, which is itself about 100 feet south of the west end of El Carro Lane.

Some poor photos in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49982603

John Callender
Carpinteria

La Cumbre Peak Nov. 14

Florence Sanchez
 

Sorry for the late post.  

Actually, there was not much to report from my visit there on Wednesday except for a probably continuing Townsend's Solitaire.  Otherwise, it was very quiet both near the peak and at the communications station.  The latter has a bumper crop of ripe Madrone berries and lots of Toyon coming on, but no takers.  At the peak, a small Toyon bush down in the pines is loaded with berries and that was where the only action was.  The bush was being frequented by Hermit Thrushes (3), Wrentits (3) and California Thrashers (2).  One Steller's Jay finally put in an appearance at the Peak.

Florence Sanchez

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*** Species Summary:

- Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (2 reports)
- Lesser Yellowlegs (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)

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Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca crecca/nimia) (1)
- Reported Nov 16, 2018 12:00 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49975569
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "The descriptions in my previous checklists still apply. To add to those descriptions, today the teal was foraging along the shore of the island to the east of the third platform. While in this area, the aspect of the sun was advantageous for looking at the iridescence of the head stripe. In the first photos I took earlier this week, the head stripe appears to have a blueish irridescence. I've been informed that blue hues can be introduced through optical equipment, and, when present in heavily cropped images, may not always represent the actual color of the bird. Anyhow, today I saw a blueish perhaps purplish cast to the head stripe. I saw this coloration with my eyes through binoculars and scope as well as in my digiscoped photos (scope + iPhone Xs). Additionally, it appeared as if long dorsal feathers may have been covering the area where the white bar should be."

Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca crecca/nimia) (1)
- Reported Nov 15, 2018 12:00 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49962086
- Comments: "The continuing bird was seen again today. I arrived on the third platform to find Wes F, Dika G, and another birder I did not know. After close to an hour without seeing the teal, it swam in from the south with an American and was seen by Wes and I for just a few minutes. The facial markings were bold, and the mark than runs from the base of the bill to the crown was complete or nearly so. The vertical white flank bar was absent as was the horizontal white stripe. In the afternoon, the bird was backlit so iridescence on the head was not apparent from our perspective. The tertials appeared long (longer than the nearby American), which if I understand Wes correctly suggests that this could be an adult Eurasian GWTE and not a juvenile which would be lacking the horizontal stripe at this time of year. The bird appeared slightly larger than the nearby American GWTE to me. I also had the impression of more coarsly barred flanks compared to the American GWTE."

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (2)
- Reported Nov 16, 2018 11:25 by Fred Forssell
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49974357
- Comments: "Confirm by comparing calls to Sibley app. "

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 16, 2018 09:53 by Jenny Slaughter
- west mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3997571,-119.732523&ll=34.3997571,-119.732523
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49971756
- Comments: "Adult male at hummingbird feeder"

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Nojoqui Park - Candidate for Pink-sided Junco

Peter Schneekloth
 

The bird I saw and reported yesterday at Nojoqui Park did not get support as a Pink-sided Junco. In short, lores not dark enough and side color not correct.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: Lake Cachuma

John Callender
 

One additional sparrow in that same cove on the north shore: Lark Sparrow. Its appearance alongside the others coincided with my camera’s battery running out and needing to be swapped out, so unfortunately I missed getting a shot of it.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: Lake Cachuma

Rob Hofberg
 

Great list and awesome photos!

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 6:18 AM Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz@...> wrote:
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

I spent 5 hours putting around Lake Cachuma on a pontoon boat, with John Callender, Mario and Gabo Borunda, and Andrea Bruce.  A fantastic clear, windless day during which we found 71 species plus a few taxa.  

CATTLE EGRETS
PRAIRIE and PEREGRINE FALCONS

In one small cove on the north shore we had 6 sparrow species:  RUFOUS-CROWNED, SONG, WHITE-CROWNED, GOLDEN-CROWNED, LINCOLN'S, and FOX.

You can view the full list at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49947749

Rob Denholtz
Carp

Lake Cachuma

Rob Denholtz
 

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

I spent 5 hours putting around Lake Cachuma on a pontoon boat, with John Callender, Mario and Gabo Borunda, and Andrea Bruce.  A fantastic clear, windless day during which we found 71 species plus a few taxa.  

CATTLE EGRETS
PRAIRIE and PEREGRINE FALCONS

In one small cove on the north shore we had 6 sparrow species:  RUFOUS-CROWNED, SONG, WHITE-CROWNED, GOLDEN-CROWNED, LINCOLN'S, and FOX.

You can view the full list at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49947749

Rob Denholtz
Carp

Re: Andree Clark Bird Refuge and Goleta Sanitary District

Wim van Dam
 

I consulted Reeber's "Waterfowl of North America, Europe, & Asia" to see what it has to say about Eurasian vs Eurasian x Green-winged Teals. It's tricky but the upshot seems to be that 1st year (male) Eurasian Teals at this time of year do not show the white horizontal bar (yet) and that hybrids typically have both bars rather than neither. To clinch this ID we will need (1) detailed photos to confirm that this bird is indeed in (pre)formative molt, and/or (2) luck and patience for it to stick around and develop its horizontal bar. In-flight photos showing the color and shape of the wing bar would be great as well.

Wim

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 4:13 PM Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann@...> wrote:
Hi all,

I also went back to the Bird Refuge today to try to get better looks at the teal, which I was able to refind near the third platform foraging with an American green-winged teal. I managed to get better photos than yesterday, but I also found the bird to be beyond my limited photographic capabilities (hence the grainy heavily cropped images). I'm starting to wonder whether this bird is an intergrade (hybrid Eurasian x American) as I still haven't seen the white/black horizontal bars on the wing. I'm not sure if that is just the way the feathers are sitting, because this bird does show other marks consistent with Eurasian (no white spur, stong white facial markings), or if it's actually not there. Sibley's illustrations of intergrades all show both the white spur and horizontal bars, but with varying intensity, so it seems curious to me that while there is no vertical spur (not even a trace from my views) I can't see any trace of the horizontal bars (looked more brown to me). Comments would be appreciated,


Cuyler
SB

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 3:49 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
Cuyler Stapelmann has found an interesting teal that might be a Eurasian Green-winged Teal at ACBR.  I went to try to see it this morning.  If I have the same duck, I got crummy looks at it and found it difficult to photograph (but I got one photo).
Cuyler's photos are better than mine, but more better photos will be appreciated. Nothing else was unexpected there, but I saw 2 of the 27 Eared Grebes doing a brief mating dance.

The Ross' Geese found yesterday by Jake Broad were present today at the Goleta Sanitary District plant.  My notes were abbreviated because they closed the place, but I did see the Cinnamon Teal X Northern Shoveler hybrid.  If its the same individual, it was first reported by Dave Compton on 2 Jan 2016, and it has been seen each subsequent winter making this its 4th winter in Goleta. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49939610
13 Redheads were present along with Gadwall, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeon, and Canada Geese.

Mark Holmgren
Goleta


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Nojoqui Park - Candidate for Pink-sided Junco

Peter Schneekloth
 

A quick stop at Nojoqui. I had some looks at a bird that seems a good candidate for Pink-sided Junco. Pale hood, dark lores, broad pinkish sides. Two photo's at my flickr site:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/45836436952/in/dateposted-public/ 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/44972801065/in/dateposted-public/ 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: Andree Clark Bird Refuge and Goleta Sanitary District

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Hi all,

I also went back to the Bird Refuge today to try to get better looks at the teal, which I was able to refind near the third platform foraging with an American green-winged teal. I managed to get better photos than yesterday, but I also found the bird to be beyond my limited photographic capabilities (hence the grainy heavily cropped images). I'm starting to wonder whether this bird is an intergrade (hybrid Eurasian x American) as I still haven't seen the white/black horizontal bars on the wing. I'm not sure if that is just the way the feathers are sitting, because this bird does show other marks consistent with Eurasian (no white spur, stong white facial markings), or if it's actually not there. Sibley's illustrations of intergrades all show both the white spur and horizontal bars, but with varying intensity, so it seems curious to me that while there is no vertical spur (not even a trace from my views) I can't see any trace of the horizontal bars (looked more brown to me). Comments would be appreciated,


Cuyler
SB

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 3:49 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
Cuyler Stapelmann has found an interesting teal that might be a Eurasian Green-winged Teal at ACBR.  I went to try to see it this morning.  If I have the same duck, I got crummy looks at it and found it difficult to photograph (but I got one photo).
Cuyler's photos are better than mine, but more better photos will be appreciated. Nothing else was unexpected there, but I saw 2 of the 27 Eared Grebes doing a brief mating dance.

The Ross' Geese found yesterday by Jake Broad were present today at the Goleta Sanitary District plant.  My notes were abbreviated because they closed the place, but I did see the Cinnamon Teal X Northern Shoveler hybrid.  If its the same individual, it was first reported by Dave Compton on 2 Jan 2016, and it has been seen each subsequent winter making this its 4th winter in Goleta. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49939610
13 Redheads were present along with Gadwall, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeon, and Canada Geese.

Mark Holmgren
Goleta

Andree Clark Bird Refuge and Goleta Sanitary District

Mark Holmgren
 

Cuyler Stapelmann has found an interesting teal that might be a Eurasian Green-winged Teal at ACBR.  I went to try to see it this morning.  If I have the same duck, I got crummy looks at it and found it difficult to photograph (but I got one photo).
Cuyler's photos are better than mine, but more better photos will be appreciated. Nothing else was unexpected there, but I saw 2 of the 27 Eared Grebes doing a brief mating dance.

The Ross' Geese found yesterday by Jake Broad were present today at the Goleta Sanitary District plant.  My notes were abbreviated because they closed the place, but I did see the Cinnamon Teal X Northern Shoveler hybrid.  If its the same individual, it was first reported by Dave Compton on 2 Jan 2016, and it has been seen each subsequent winter making this its 4th winter in Goleta. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49939610
13 Redheads were present along with Gadwall, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeon, and Canada Geese.

Mark Holmgren
Goleta

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*** Species Summary:

- Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (1 report)
- Franklin's Gull (1 report)
- Common Tern (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca crecca/nimia) (1)
- Reported Nov 14, 2018 11:46 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49936853
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "I relocated the same GWTE that looks to be like a possible Eurasian GWTE. Today it was foraging with an American GWTE, which made comparison a bit easier, near the third platform. The possible Eurasian GWTE does not have the white vertical spur mark and the facial markings are much brighter (white) and obvious than the obviously American birds. However, as with my observation yesterday, I did not see a white horizontal bar on the possible Eurasian bird, which makes me wonder if there is a possibility that this is a hybrid Eurasian/American. Nevertheless, the white facial markings on the Eurasian bird are much brighter than the other American GWTEs present, suggesting to me that there is likely some Eurasian ancestry in this bird's pedigree."

Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2018 13:37 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49922504
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small gull with half hood and bold white eye crescents. White tips to primaries and white outer rectrix distinguish this bird from Laughing Gull. The bill showed very slight reddish tone at base; feet showed dull but significant reddish. 1st winter bird. Hanging with Mew, Ring-billed, and Bonaparte's gulls."

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) (1)
- Reported Nov 14, 2018 07:19 by Bradley Hacker
- UC Santa Barbara--campus, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4148759,-119.8450041&ll=34.4148759,-119.8450041
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49930595
- Comments: "Reported yesterday by David L. Dark carpal bar and grayer upper wing surfaces. Over ocean and lagoon near bathrooms and boathouse"

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2018 12:00 by George Chapman
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49925457
- Comments: "Known rarity. With great blue at western end of parking lot. Completely purple-blue, smaller than great blue heron"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Nov 14, 2018 10:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Rancho Sisquoc, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8394878,-120.2113046&ll=34.8394878,-120.2113046
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49935883
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Ross’s not snow

Jake Broad
 

The 2 geese at Goleta Sanitary were Ross’s and not snow. Thank you all who helped me get the correct ID. Please find the link below for photos. I haven’t gone my rounds this morning to see if they’re still here. 


-Jake
Goleta 

Santa Maria Valley 13 Nov 2018 with Franklin's Gull

Mark Holmgren
 

I hoped to find the golden-plovers seen by Jasen Liu on 10 Nov, but the Jack O'Connell Park was being mowed.

Part of the Santa Maria River Estuary is nicely seen from an overlook along the entrance road to Guadalupe Dunes County Park.  8 White-faced Ibis, 3 Lesser Scaup, and many other ducks and shorebirds were visible. Ocean viewing was not engaging.

The Santa Maria Wastewater Treatment Plant turned up a Franklin's Gull (photo attached here), a Canvasback, a Cackling Goose that did not show the typical marks of an Aleutian Cackling, and 5 Herring Gulls.

The flooded field on Black Road norIMG_6565 Franklin's Gull Sta Maria WTP 13 Nov 2018 crop.jpgth of Betteravia is still being irrigated.  Lots of Wilson's Snipe, but for other shorebirds only 2 Least Sandpipers and Killdeer were present.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Re: Flickr changes

Jamie Chavez
 

Thanks to Michael for this reminder. My original message didn't have as much to do with Flickr as it did with eBird checklist documentation. Since eBird created its own media archive at Macaulay Library there is no reason to use Flickr anymore. However, due to Flickr's new policy to delete older images if a free account is in excess of 1000 photos, it is possible checklist documentation could disappear in time. My original message suggested downloading and saving your photos so you could work with them later. Then replace embedded linked images in checklists by directly uploading them to eBird/Macaulay.

Here was my original message:

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 9:45 PM Michael Zarky <mzarky@...> wrote:
A few months ago I think it was, Jamie alerted us to change of ownership of Flickr and suggested saving all our photos.

Well that was prescient, as this link just arrived in my email.
https://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/11/01/changing-flickr-free-accounts-1000-photos/?utm_campaign=flickr-lookingahead&utm_source=Flickr&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1000photos

Free accounts limited  to 1000 items, beginning Jan 8.
Yup, there's no such thing as a free lunch.
I'm not yet at the limit. But would have liked to be well beyond, if only I could find to sort through old photos...
And of course there are many photographers with thousands of great photos, too many for us all to view but worth having online.

Checking out the prices,
$2.92/month*  * Billed annually

isn't too terrible but for folks on a limited budget it's still a downer.

Michael Zarky
10963 Citrus Drive
Moorpark, CA 93021 USA



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Santa Maria, CA

Backyard sparrows

Guy Tingos
 

We have a nice collection of sparrows in our back yard: several White-crowns, a couple of Golden-crowns, 1 Lincoln’s, and 1 Brewer’s.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Second snow goose

Jake Broad
 

Goleta SanitaryDistrict

I just went out for a walk on my afternoon break and came across a second possible snow goose. This one has some dark coloring on its head and near its eyes/bill I still believe it’s a snow goose but possible Ross’s. The first goose is still here as well and is a beautiful clean vibrant white. I got detailed images of both birds and can share later. I haven’t been able to really examine the photos since I’m working but I do believe both had the “grin” both appear to be the same size and the two seem to have no interest in one another. Both are brave birds that will allow you to approach to close distances.

-Jake
Goleta